Over 31 native individuals hurt in Columbia’s armed attack : International de
Bogota: At least 31 native individuals were injured in southeast Colombia on Thursday (April 22 after a prohibited armed group opened fire on them while they ruined crops of coca, the chief active ingredient in drug, a company representing the neighborhood stated.
The attack occurred in the rural town of Caldono, in Colombia’s Cauca province.
The area is tactically crucial for drug trafficking and is contested by armed groups consisting of dissidents of the demobilized Farc guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN and other criminal companies comprised of previous conservative paramilitaries.
“So far 31 indigenous people have been reported injured and five attackers have been detained by the Indigenous Guard,” the Regional Council of Indigenous in Cauca (CRIC stated in a declaration.
Efforts to eliminate coca crops and attacks versus members of the neighborhood are continuous, implying the variety of hurt might increase, CRIC included, explaining native neighborhoods in the area as victims of state lack.
Illegal armed groups defend territorial control of tactical locations for growing coca and the production of drug, according to the federal government and security sources.
On Tuesday, native guv Sandra Liliana Pe ña Chocue – who opposed coca crops in native lands – was assassinated in the exact same area.
Colombia’s federal government condemned the attacks versus the native neighborhoods.
“It`s reprehensible that criminals are raging against indigenous communities and … against women who defend their territory from the presence of illicit economies that threaten the integrity of young people and the purity of soils,” Emilio Archila, the governmental advisor for carrying out the peace offer, stated in a declaration.
Colombia, with its geographically tactical position surrounded by 2 oceans, is thought about the world’s most significant drug manufacturer.